A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 257

Summary Catalogue no.: 2047


Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos i-l
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini egregii doctoris de Psalmo primo tractatus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 195 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 16.875 × 12.5 in.


2 cols.


One fine, many good initials. Cf. other contemporary Reading manuscripts.

Good sketches added, fols. 141v, 172–173 etc., 15th century, third quarter, in Flemish style: our Lord, a nun and saints (Pächt and Alexander iii. 140, pls. XV, XCIII)


Stamped brown leather on older reversed boards, Reading work of about A.D. 1500


Origin: 12th century, middle; added decoration, 15th century, third quarter ; English, Reading, abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading Abbey, ex libris: 'Hic est liber .S. Marie de Radinge. Quem qui celauerit. & fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit', 13th cent.; identifiable in medieval catalogues of 1192 and the fourteenth century (see MLGB); and cf. MS. Bodl. 241.

Presented by William Burdet of Sonning in 1608.

MS. Bodl. 257 - endleaves (fols. i, 195)


Language(s): Latin

Polyphonic music

Four leaves; see the DIAMM record. The flyleaves have been moved from their original position

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Polyphonic notation.


Origin: 13th century, late

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 140 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-27: Description revised to include all information in SC.